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Ravines Golf Club - hole 9

Good luck beating Ravines Golf Club, a tough Arnold Palmer design in Saugatuck

Ravines Golf Club doesn't let golfers relax. From the first hole to the final fairway, there's always an obstacle to clear, a challenge to meet. On a bad day, this demanding Arnold Palmer design will steal half a dozen of your golf balls. On a good day, it's a peaceful round through the woods.
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Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club

Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C. lives on in Holland, Mich.

Almost every beach town along Lake Michigan offers a good public golf course. Holland almost lost theirs. Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C., a Ray Hearn design, went into receivership in 2009, but you would never know it these days. Once the recession cleared, Macatawa Legends came back to life.
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Manistee National - Cutters' Ridge golf course - 18th

Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National

How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots. This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere, and its slope from the tips soars to 149.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Moose Ridge Golf Club sprawls across rolling hills blanketed with mature trees and accented with colorful wildflowers. There are more than 90 feet of elevation changes throughout the course, but there are more challenges than the hilly terrain. Well defined bunkers lurk along the greens and acres of wetlands come into play.
    The 18-hole Links AT Whitmore Lake in Whitmore Lake, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Bill Newcomb, Links AT Whitmore Lake measures 6204 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 68.
    Hawk Hollow Golf Club's 27-hole layout has been ranked as one of the top 50 public golf courses in Michigan. Sprawling across over 500 acres, the course provides plenty of room. It also covers a diverse terrain that is sprinkled with water features and trees. Strategically placed bunkers frame the undulating greens but the water takes center stage on this course. It comes into play on nearly every hole.
  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    The Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids is one of West Michigan's premier golfing facilities. Dating back to the early 1900s, the course is a classic Donald Ross layout. The golf course has a timeless design that is subtly deceptive but not overly punishing. It provides a good test while still remaining approachable for beginners.
    The 18-hole Clearbrook Golf Club in Saugatuck, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1938. Clearbrook Golf Club measures 6547 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 72.6 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Grand Haven Golf Club sits along the shores of Lake Michigan. It has a diverse landscape of natural sand dunes combined with forests of mature hardwoods. It is known for its excellent conditions, which is partly due to sandy soil that provides better conditioning and has the added benefit of being almost immediately playable after rain. The fairways are lined with towering pines and the greens have subtle but tricky undulations.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Hessel Ridge GC
    The 18-hole Hessel Ridge Golf Course in Hessel, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Jeff Gorney, Hessel Ridge Golf Course measures 6415 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Gladstone Golf Course in Gladstone, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1936. Designed by A. H. Jolly, Gladstone Golf Course measures 6456 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    The 18-hole Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course in Lake Ann, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Jerry Matthews and Ray Hearn, Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course measures 6669 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 72.
    Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is one of the courses that put the Harbor Springs area of northern Michigan on the map as one of the state's most popular golfing destinations. The scenic location offers panoramic views with the ability on clear days to see all the way to Little Traverse Bay on several holes. The rolling terrain provides elevated tees and green complexes that will test your skills picking the proper club.
    The Natural Golf Club sits along the western shore of Otsego Lake. As its name implies, the course blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The challenging layout requires accuracy so don't let the scenery distract you too much. Trees line the meandering fairways and water hazards come into play throughout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greensides as well.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club in Roscommon offers one of the best courses in Michigan. British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf designed the course in 1973 and it soon started receiving acclaim as one of the area's toughest rounds. His design includes more traditional elements such as wide fairways and large greens, but there are many challenges in store on this formidable golf course.
    The Natural Golf Club sits along the western shore of Otsego Lake. As its name implies, the course blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The challenging layout requires accuracy so don't let the scenery distract you too much. Trees line the meandering fairways and water hazards come into play throughout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greensides as well.
    The 18-hole Gaylord Country Club in Gaylord, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1949. Designed by Wilfrid Reid, Gaylord Country Club measures 6472 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.3 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.